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Economic Forecast: Wichita Expected To Gain 2500 Jobs In 2017

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The annual Wichita Employment Forecast has been released by the Center for Economic Development and Research at WSU. Non-farm employment is expected to increase by nearly 2500 jobs next year.

Director Jeremy Hill says the forecast for the Wichita area will grow by .8 percent, which is a little bit slow in growth from last year.

"You need to put that in perspective," Hill says. "Workers at home are going to feel not like it’s slow in growth, but people in this community are going to find jobs more plentiful, and they're going to have more opportunities for raises in income."

The service sector is forecasted to be the fasting growing portion of the Wichita area economy. Hill says that includes management of companies and temporary agencies and growth in places like retirement facilities because of an aging population. The manufacturing sector is expected to increase by 223 jobs next year.


Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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